Otherwise known as: Gum Benjamin, Benzoin
Habitat: A tree member of the Styraceae family growing up to 15m in tropical forests and native to South East Asia. It has a grey bark, pointed ovoid leaves and short racemes of white bell-shaped flowers. The resin is known to give rise to hallucinations when consumed.
What does it do: The bark of the mature tree is tapped annually to produce the highly aromatic resin that hardens on exposure to air and sunlight, which has been used for millennia as a medicine and in religious ceremonies.
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